Coronavirus UK LIVE: Shielding paused as Boris Johnson announces face mask crackdown and deaths hit 46,193

IT is good news for those on the clinically, extremely vulnerable list as shielding was paused.

It means more than two million people will now be able to go into other households and visit shops.

But Boris Johnson announced there will be a crackdown on the wearing of face masks in public places as the death toll creeps up.

The official UK death toll now stands at 46,193 after a further 74 Covid-19 deaths were recorded.

During yesterday’s press conference, Mr Johnson slammed the breaks on further lockdown relaxation, postponing the opening of many leisure businesses for another two weeks.

Casinos, bowling alleys and skating rinks were meant to reopen on August 1, but will remain closed.

Wedding receptions of up to 30 guests are also not permitted but ceremonies may still go ahead.

Meanwhile, Leicester’s local lockdown was last night partially lifted with pubs, restaurants and hairdressers to reopen on Monday whilst parts of northern England including Greater Manchester entered a local lockdown on Friday.

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